Vice-Admiral James Crilly WOOD, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral James Crilly WOOD, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral James Crilly WOOD, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Wood enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1951 as a seaman.  In 1954 he commenced officer training at Royal Roads Military College, followed by training with the Royal Navy (RN) at the Royal Naval College Greenwich and service in HMCS Athabaskan.  Specializing in submarines, in 1959 he attended submarine training at the United States Navy (USN) submarine school in Groton CT. From 1961 to 1966 he served in the submarine HMCS Grilse, Royal Roads Military College and the submarine HMCS Ojibwa.  In 1967, on completion of the Submarine Commanding Officer’s Qualifying Course (Perisher), he assumed command of the Oberon-class submarine HMCS Ojibwa.  In 1969 he attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto ON, and on promotion to Commander in 1970 was appointed to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa as a Section Head in the Directorate of Equipment Requirements Maritime Systems.  In 1972 he returned to Halifax NS and assumed command of the First Canadian Submarine Squadron. On promotion to Captain(N) in 1974, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Operational Readiness in Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOMHQ) in Halifax NS, and in 1976 assumed command of the replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur. In 1977 he returned to MARCOMHQ for a short time as the Deputy Chief of Staff Plans, prior to attending the UK Royal College of Defence Studies. In 1979 he was appointed Senior Liaison Officer (Maritime) to Canadian Defence Liaison Staff London UK. On promotion to Commodore in 1980, he returned to NDHQ as the Director General Maritime Doctrine and Operations. In 1982, on promotion to Rear-Admiral, he was appointed Chief Maritime Doctrine and Operations at NDHQ.

Promoted to his current rank in 1983, Vice-Admiral Wood was appointed Commander Maritime Command in July 1983, in which position he served until his retirement in 1987.